A job fair to recruit new prison officers was held at Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward on Friday, 14 October.
Several attendees learned about why a career as a prison officer would be a good choice; among them being job security, flexible working conditions, generous leave entitlements, competitive salary, as well as paid training and promotional and career development opportunities.
“You are here to put structure into people’s lives and give them purpose and meaning, which means you’ll be involved in every aspect of a prisoner’s life,” the potential recruits heard from prison Information Officer Ricardo Lashley. He said duties vary depending on the security level of the prisoners being dealt with.
As part of the assessment and training period, new officers are expected to complete eligibility and identification checks, an employment profile assessment, a selection panel interview, a medical assessment, a fitness assessment, a criminal history screening and a background check.
Once potential officers make it through the selection stage, they will be placed in what is referred to as the Prison Officer Pool, from which the will then be considered for employment. If offered a position, the recruits will then take up a role as probationary prison officer. A paid nine-week training period, which is part of a two-year entry level training programme that requires them to satisfy specific entry, training and performance requirements.
The starting salary for prison officers is CI$2,606 per month with a housing benefit of CI$125. New officers receive annual leave of 18 working days for the first years. This increases to 23 working day after seven years. Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service is one of the Island’s largest employers with nearly 175 employees. Responsibilities of the service include taking care of all adult and juvenile offenders in custody, as well as see court orders are followed and community standards upheld.